Wells Art Contemporary Awards 2024

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Wells Art Contemporary Awards 2024

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Wells Art Contemporary Awards 2024: The Wells Art Contemporary Awards 2024, an open competition for contemporary visual art recently opened for entries invites all artists working in painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, photography, installation or video to participate.

Short description

Wells Art Contemporary (WAC) is an international art competition recently opened for entries giving artists the opportunity to exhibit their work in Wells Cathedral and receive a wide range of prizes.

The WAC Awards are not just a competition but a celebration of creativity, innovation, and artistic exploration, providing a prestigious platform for emerging and established artists to showcase their work.

WAC provides two ways for artists to exhibit and sell work: the Gallery Show and the Installation Show.

The Gallery Show offers artists a space within the Cathedral cloisters to exhibit their artworks in a traditional gallery setting, while the Installation Show invites artists to propose site-specific installations within the Cathedral’s body and its surrounding grounds. This innovative approach not only celebrates the diversity of contemporary art practices but also encourages artists to engage with the unique architectural and spiritual elements of Wells Cathedral. The event is a testament to the blending of historical settings with contemporary creative expression, offering a distinct and memorable experience for both artists and visitors alike.

Submissions can be in any medium or style.

It is open to artists working in painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, photography, installation or video. Artists may enter up to 4 works.

The Wells Art Contemporary 2024 show will take place in Wells Cathedral from 3rd to 31st August 2024 (Private View on 2nd August). It will exhibit works selected by a prestigous panel of judges.

Submission requirements:

There is no size restriction on work submitted. JPEG, TIFF and PNG file formats are acceptable. There is a maximum file size of 1MB. If you are selected organiser will request a larger image.

Who may enter?

The Wells Art Contemporary Awards are open to all artists over the age of 18, working in any media and style, from anywhere in the world.


The Wells Art Contemporary Awards 2024 offers a range of prizes including the Howden Art Award (£2,000 for one artist), the NG Art Creative Residency Award (a two-week placement in Provence, including board, lodging, and mentorship), the JGM Gallery Prize (showcasing selected artists online), a Student Prize (£1,000 to a fine art student under 26), the Parker Harris Mentoring Prize (professional development session), the Somerset Art Works Prize (mentoring session), the People’s Choice Prize (£500 awarded by visitor votes), and the St Cuthberts Mill Award (20 sheets of Saunders Waterford 300gsm paper). Additionally, twenty £200 bursaries will be awarded to selected installation artists.

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